Small forest bird (L 35 cm). Brun-grey plumage which is more brown-red in its southern range. Hazel Grouse appears in dark woodlands, both in pure deciduous forest and luxuriant mixed forest. Particularly favoured are damp depressions and stream gullies. Birds feed largely on fruits and seeds. Resident.
The species occurs mainly on undisturbed forested areas, so forestry practices and deterioration of habitat may be the major threats. A significant factor in some areas may be overhunting.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
Population : 350,000 / 550,000 pairs
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